We’re busy booking for the 2019 festival!
See below for last year’s programme.
32nd Tyneside Irish Festival 2018 13th to 21st October
All events at Tyneside Irish Centre, 43 Gallowgate, NE1 4SG (unless stated otherwise)
Big Trad Weekend Ticket available for £30 for Friday 19th, Saturday 20th, Sunday 21st October
Saturday 13th – David Lyttle Trio, (Jazz) The Globe pub NE4 7AD (in assoc. with Jazz North East)
Jazz drummer from Waringstown, Co. Down. Derry’s Musician in Residence 2015. The first Irish musician to be nominated for a MOBO award. £12/£10 8pm
Sunday 14th – 5pm Multicultural opening event – Free
Frank McCaffrey – One night only in UK with Country and Irish star from Irish West Music TV £10/£7.50 8pm
‘When Paddy met Geordie’ Guided city walk 2pm Meet at Grey’s monument £4/£3
Monday 15th – Paddy Cullivan’s 10 Dark Secrets of 1798 (Satirical lecture) 7.30pm £6
Tuesday 16th – Paddy Cullivan (RTE Late Late Show band musician) and friends. Free live gig in the bar 8.30pm
The London Irish Pensioners’ Choir and theatre group perform the very funny musical play The Nuns’ Chorus 7.30pm Pay what you feel
Wednesday 17th – Raised on Songs and Stories (Irish Elders Project)- St. Benet’s Church, The Causeway, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland SR6 0BH The story and songs of Delia Murphy by author and her niece Carmen Cullen. Plus special guests. By invitation only call 0191 2610385 for details. 12.30pm – 4pm
Ron Hutchinson – Hollywood screenwriter. Talk and film pitching workshop 7.30pm £5
Thursday 18th – Film – ‘Don Patricio’ Patrick O’Connell, the man who saved Barcelona. Q and A from writer and director Michael Andersen. 7.30pm £6
Iona Club Hebburn NE31 1PN Sally Glennon Band 7.30pm £3
Friday 19th – Trad double bill + Late Session 7.30pm £20/£18
Buttons and Bows – legendary band featuring Jackie Daly (De Dannan, Patrick Street) on button accordion, Manus and Séamus McGuire on fiddles accompanied by Garry O’Briain (Boys of the Lough).
Back West, Galway brother and sister Maureen (Eddi Reader, Mairtin O’Connor)and Brendan Browne (Riverdance band) joined by PJ McDonald (Arty McGlynn, Cathal Hayden), Peter Vickers dancer with Lord of the Dance.
Saturday 20th – Ye Vagabonds, Carlow brothers and BBC Folk Award nominees sing rich harmony traditional and original songs. Support from harpers Fiana Ni Chonnail and Lizzie Affolter for National Harp Day (Eire) £12/£10 7.30pm
Uillean pipers meeting 1pm – 4pm
Sunday 21st – Family day and Ceili. Performances from Comhaltas class, Irish dancers. 12.30pm Free
Kevin Morrin band – Songs of the Dubliners’ Luke Kelly and other great Irish ballads 7.30pm £12/£10
Also Pat ‘the hat’ Speight – Cork City official storyteller performs throughout the festival in local schools